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This is a set of classroom experiments for high school physics or physical science designed to give students practice in building simple circuits, diagnosing problem circuits, and using voltmeters and ammeters. Each experiment features detailed diagrams and/or photos, plus questions to elicit critical thinking. Additional links provide instructional support in how to introduce current, how to work safely with electrical components, and a history of the field of electricity.  

This item is part of a much larger collection of physics/astronomy experiments, sponsored by the UK's Institute of Physics and funded by the Nuffield Curriculum Centre.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- High School
- Middle School
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Minimal Danger   No Safety Equipment Necessary  

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This resource was featured by the Physics Front collection from November 17, 2010 until November 20, 2010. View the feature here!

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© 2006 The Nuffield Foundation
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ammeter, circuit analysis, circuit diagrams, circuit experiments, circuit labs, current, electric current, electricity experiments, electricity labs, practical physics, short circuits, simple circuits, voltmeter, water circuit
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A free online textbook appropriate for use in grades 7-12. Topics include electrostatics, conductors/insulators, simple circuits, voltage and current.

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